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Tall, Japanese lacquer byôbu 屏風 (folding screen) by Mitsuo Takana 高名光夫 (1956)

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Refined, tall two-panel byôbu (folding screen) completely adorned with ‘Wajima Ryûsaku’ lacquer by the Nitten award winning artist Mitsuo Takana (1956). Featuring five refined images inspired by woodblock prints from the famous series ‘Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi’ (The fifty-three stations of the Tokaido road), like the 1st station Nihonbashi, the 10th station Hakone, and the 21st station Okabe. The design is executed in hiramaki-e (low-relief lacquer design) in shades of gold, silver, heightened by some multi-coloured details. Set on a shiny black lacquer substrate. Signed in red lacquer in the lower right corner. Including original signed & sealed wooden tomobako (storage box). The front with an inscription about the contents as described above. The inside: ‘Friend of the Nitten Exhibition Takana Mitsuo’ - Seal: ‘Hikari’. ‘Lacquer artist Wajima Ryûsaku’ - Seal: ‘Ryûsaku’. Mitsuo Takana was born 1956 in Wajima, Ishikawa prefecture. He won several awards during exhibitions like: Ishikawa Contemporary Art Exhibition, Japan Artisans' Association Exhibition and the well-known Nitten Exhibition. Dimensions: Height 57.48 in/146 cm, Total width 66.92 in/170 cm (2 x 33.46 in/85 cm), Depth 1.10 in/2.8 cm. Weight 56.21 lb/25.5 kg. Wajima lacquerware, known as Wajima-nuri in Japan, is a distinct form of traditional lacquerware crafted in the city of Wajima, Ishikawa prefecture. Renowned for its exceptional beauty and durability, Wajima lacquerware stands out due to its unique technique of layering multiple coats of urushi (lacquer) mixed with powdered diatomaceous earth, known as jinoko. This special undercoating, applied meticulously onto delicate zelkova wooden substrates, not only enhances the longevity of the lacquerware but also gives it a distinct luster and resilience. With its exquisite craftsmanship and use of locally sourced materials, Wajima lacquerware continues to be cherished as a treasured Japanese art form. When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity. Price including insured shipping. Due to the delicacy and weight of this piece, a custom-made wooden crate will be made for transport
  • Creator:
    Mitsuo Takana (Artist)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 57.49 in (146 cm)Width: 66.93 in (170 cm)Depth: 1.11 in (2.8 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques:
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    Heisei period (1989-2019)
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use. In a very good original. Please look at the photos for a clear condition reference.
  • Seller Location:
    Amsterdam, NL
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: B44201stDibs: LU7165238964762
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